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Usually I beg off radio requests to pay homage to celebrities who have just died unless I have a personal story to tell. The latest request came with news of the passing of Kirk Douglas. The Hollywood legend passed away Wednesday at 103, and so many others have better stories to tell. Still, it was

Gawrsh! Yesterday was Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday. It’s easy to be cynical about the Walt Disney Company’s big-eared corporate icon in 2018. While new attempts are made every decade or so to reboot the mouse as a relevant, animated “property,” he’s often seen today as a symbol of American commercial excess, or pointed to as the

News of Annette Funicello’s passing Monday at age 70 sent me scrambling through a box of old cassette tapes. Thanks to my friend Lorraine Santoli, a former Disney publicity manager who authored a book on the Mouseketeers and who formed a close bond with Funicello, I was able to interview the Disney princess. That memorable